The Badlands Park Service became the #Badasslands Park Service for a while tonight, as someone with access to the account tweeted out information on climate change in response to a gag order on the EPA’s social media from
The now-deleted tweets were captured through screenshots (note to Trump and Co. – the internet never forgets) and were quickly lauded by Twitter users as heroic.
— Nathan Rott (@NathanRott) January 24, 2017
The rogue tweets were met with the hashtag #badasslands and some users called the Park “Breaking Badlands,” a nod to the popular television show, Breaking Bad.
According to the Washington Post:
“The tweets are believed to have been posted by a former employee at the park in Interior, S.D., who still had access to the account. It’s not clear who shut him or her down. But it’s almost certain that the order came from the Trump administration.”
You may recall that, last December, the Trump administration tried (and failed) to get the Department of Energy to turn over a list of employees who were working on climate change. The attempt rattled the department as well as legal experts, as NPR reported at the time:
“‘This is a very scary indication of what might happen under a Trump administration,’ says Jason Zuckerman, a former legal adviser to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an agency which protects federal workers, particularly on matters of retaliation.”
The fear, of course, is that the Trump administration would attempt to use the very fact that the people on this list they wanted would face consequences simply for working to combat the very real problem of climate change.
This latest gag order on government social media accounts is shady at best, fascist at worst, and is just another nail in the coffin of a democratic society.
However, to the rogue agent that posted those tweets, we salute you.
— TweetedThatToo (@TweetedThatToo) January 24, 2017
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